Catherine Jonas, CMC, LMFT
Catherine Jonas, a Certified Aging Life Care Manager, Certified Dementia Practitioner and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist has been highly regarded as an expert in the field of aging, disability and end of life care for over 20 years.
Her mission is to preserve independence, dignity and quality of life for people as they age and enable family members to feel confident that their loved ones are living safe, secure and fulfilling lives.
Her dedicated professional experience includes guidance, advocacy and extensive knowledge about costs, quality and availability of resources. She is driven by an earnest passion for her clients and their families, the desire to provide practical answers and options during times of uncertainty and to reduce worry, stress and time off from work for family members who may be juggling multiple responsibilities.
Catherine is known for her expertise in Major Neurocognitive Disorders (different forms of Dementia) and has many years in working with individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke, Cancer and other chronic illnesses. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Catherine is trained and experienced working with all individuals from different cultural backgrounds and knows how the whole family system is affected (patient and family/caregiver) and how each other’s coping mechanisms interact.
Caregiver counseling is a large part of her Aging Life Care Management work, teaching coping strategies and self-care. Her office is located in West Los Angeles, however, most of her services are conducted in the patient’s home or residential community. She is an expert in helping those navigate the aging process in regard to coordinating home care, placement options, medical, legal, financial, real estate and end of life care issues (Advanced Directives/POLST).
Catherine works as an independent contractor with the Alzheimer’s & Dementia Program at UCLA. She provides caregiver counseling services to families as well as facilitates several dementia support groups. Catherine also serves as an independent contractor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center facilitating a monthly pituitary tumor support group and providing onsite crisis management to hospital employees. She speaks nationally and internationally on the topics of chronic illness and caregiver stress.
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